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Saturday, December 9, 2017
10:30 AM


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Free and open to the public


Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


Author Pam Saxelby returns to read from "Max and Bear," a story of patience and friendship about the importance of waiting for good things to come. Children are invited to stay after storytime and create their own bear!

At 57th Street Books

About the author: Pam Saxelby is an expert in early childhood education after more than 25 years in the classroom. Both of her books, "Max and Bear" and "Josie the Great," reflect her years working with, and listening to very young children, as a Pre-K teacher, as a mom and now as a grandmother. Anne is the oldest of Saxelby's three children and is the illustrator for "Josie the Great." Saxelby and her husband, Bill, live in Chicago and Islamorada Florida. Learn more at

About the book: When Bear is given to Max’s dad at a very special party, Max wasn’t there yet. He is still growing in his mommy’s tummy. But Bear can wait. Bear is sure that Max will love him as soon as he is born. While he waits, Bear meets all of Max’s other friends. Sophie the giraffe is brown and white and squeaky. Turtle is a magical toy who lights up and plays music. Bear is soft and blue and full of love. He doesn’t squeak or blink or play music.

When Max is born, Bear gets so excited! But when Max’s mommy gives him Sophie the giraffe instead, Bear is disappointed. He decides to wait for Max to grow up a bit. Maybe then he’ll love Bear. When Max grows up so much that he moves into his crib, Bear gets so excited! But when his mommy gives Max Turtle to play with, he is again disappointed. Will Max ever need a friend he can hug and play with who doesn’t light up or make noise? Will Max ever notice Bear?

"Max and Bear" is a sweet story written with young readers in mind. Teach your children the power of love and remind them of the importance of waiting for good things to come with this delightful story of patience and friendship.